Career Managing Up → Pushovers: Strategies

Get to know the Pushover. Learn about his experiences, fears, and ambitions.

Look to other high‐performers for constructive feedback, challenging projects, and developmental opportunities.

Keep your boss apprised of your projects and processes and their impact.

Fill the power vacuum with honorable intentions.

Encourage, support, and respect your boss.

Make her look good to avoid heightening her fear and insecurity.

Circumvent with caution.

Pay attention to the politics at play before you attempt to go around your boss to her boss.

Focus on your work and ignore the slackers around you.